Me, Dad and Editing

I suppose I should say a little bit about me, which I hate doing. But here goes.  I’m 52 (or is it 53 I can never be sure) I live in Coventry with my 84-year- old dad, Cliff, and look after him because he has mild Alzheimer’s. Now, as you can imagine this can bring about problems, but they are for now manageable. Next Saturday I’m taking him on a little holiday to a place called Hemsby on the coast of Norfolk, which we are both looking forward to.

I got into this editing game by accident really. Because of dad, I was looking for something I could do from home, and as fate would have it, this came up. I got talking to a friend on Facebook called Michelle Dunbar who is a Developmental Editor, and who was working on editing a novel for this guy R R Virdi. Michelle asked me if I’d like to help her, Ronnie Virdi said it was okay, and it all started from there. A few months later Steve Frost Editing Services Ltd was born. (I trade under the simpler S F Editing Services title.

I have no formal qualifications in editing, I’m completely self-taught, and that’s based on getting a good grounding in spelling whilst at school (back in the olden days, kids) and a lifelong love of literature.

Now, I’m the one helping a new editor, Anna Johnstone to get established (although in some ways it’s the other way around and she’s helping me)

Finally, in 2014, at the age of 50, I, much to my shock that I could do it, gained a BA (Honours) in History via part-time distance learning with the Open University.  It was one of the proudest days of my life when I received that certificate. Tinged with sadness that my mum, who’d died about a year and a half earlier was not there to see it.

 

 

Latest Edit Completed

The latest edit that I’ve just completed was hard to do but very interesting. Hard because I had to transcribe and edit as I went along.  The original manuscript had been typed out very closely (with a typewriter) on about 178 sheets of paper. It was written by a chap who is sadly no longer with us, who served in the Royal Air Force, during  WWII and a Night Fighter Pilot and won the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross)

It was his son, who asked me if I’d be interested in doing it?  I said yes, and the next thing I know this large red folder was landing on my doormat. I have now finished it and submitted it to the client, who, I’m glad to say is very pleased with it.

S F Editing Services

Editors Are Only Human

Yes, it’s true, us editors are human too and we make mistakes and we don’t always get things right.  People have spotted mistakes that I’ve made on this website. I don’t have a problem with that and welcome it and made changes to rectify the errors. After all, I can hardly put myself in a position to advise others if I’m not prepared to take it myself.

General Overview

Hi, and welcome to what I hope will be a regular blog about the business and anything else I think you might find interesting.

The business has now been running officially for eight months, (although it was actually running informally for a long period before that) and has definitely been a time of up and downs. It takes time and patience to build a business. Overall, though, I’ve been very pleased with how things have gone. I’ve worked with and I am working with some wonderful clients.

As to the future, well, I will just plugging away making this business as successful as I can.